F.Y.I. – November 2014

Out & About Staff


Dancing for a Cause
Nonprofit to host Ailey II at the Gran Nov. 8

The Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit, will present a modern dance performance, “An Evening with Ailey II,” at the Grand Opera House at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

For 40 years, the New York City-based dance group Ailey II has attracted some of the country’s best young dance talent, under the artistic direction of Choreographer Troy Powell. Their stop in Delaware is one of many during their fall tour throughout the United States and Canada.

The GTLEdF is committed to the mentorship, leadership development, and financial support of youth and young adults in the Delaware community.

Tickets are available at the Grand Opera House’s box office and online at TicketsAtTheGrand.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit various programs supported by the GTLEdF.

Happy Anniversary!
Delaware Greenways turns 25

Delaware Greenways, a statewide community-based organization, celebrated its 25th anniversary last month. Focusing on protecting natural and scenic resources and promoting sustainable land use, the organization aims to improve quality of life and promote healthy and active lifestyles.

For more information, visit delawaregreenways.org.

Project Pop-Up
Wilmington entrepreneurs offered commercial space for holiday season

Wilmington’s Project Pop-Up is aimed at providing Delaware entrepreneurs an opportunity to be “open for business” in downtown Wilmington by offering them rent-free commercial space for three months during the holiday season. The project is a statewide initiative by the Delaware Economic Development Office and Downtown Delaware in partnership with Downtown Visions and the City of Wilmington.

The shops, located at 101, 105, and 113 W. 9th St., include Barrel of Makers, Cherné Altovise Jewelry, Dolleys Sweet Cakes, Fit Body Personal Training, FLYOGI, London Rocks Kids, MIZ INK, and Tasty Couture.

new castle200 Photos of New Castle
New book focuses on the town’s history

The latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, New Castle Revisited, was released last month. It includes 200 images, many of which have never been published.

Since New Castle’s founding in 1651, the town, known as the First Capital of the First State, watched European powers clash over its control, welcomed William Penn, participated in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and more.

The book can be found online at arcadiapublishing.com and through local retailers.

Brew HaHa! Wins Cornerstone Award
Delaware Restaurant Association honors espresso café chain

The Delaware Restaurant Association, which annually presents awards to those in the food industry who exemplify innovation, creativity and service, has named Delaware’s espresso café chain Brew HaHa! as its Cornerstone Awards recipient.

Brew HaHa!, now with nine locations in northern Delaware, has thrived in the state for more than 20 years. The café is known for handcrafted espresso-based creations and coffee drinks, as well as baked treats, breakfast and lunch café items, and catering services.

The award will be presented at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington on Monday, Nov. 17.  The event will feature food and drink tastings from Delaware’s top restaurants, along with live music from Joe Baione, featuring Nadjah Nicole.

Tickets can be purchased online at delawarerestaurant.org/events or by contacting the DRA at 738-2545.

Tech2gether Wilmington
Forum builds community, celebrates local successes this month

Tech2gether Wilmington, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5, is a forum for professionals in medicine, education and technology to get together to celebrate success and discuss advancement in their professions. The forums are at the Hercules Building and World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.

Tech2gether Wilmington will end the second day at the Queen with a concert from The Bailey Hounds and headliners Hoots & Hellmouth.

For more information, visit tech2gether.org.

Fundraiser to Keep the Valley
Beaver Valley Conservancy benefit to be held Nov. 11

A benefit event for Beaver Valley Conservancy (also known as Save the Valley) will be held at Mrs. Robino’s Italian Restaurant in Wilmington on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event includes a silent art auction, Chinese auction, and a 50/50.

Beaver Valley, west of Route 202 at the Pennsylvania/Delaware border, is a 750-acre plot of land currently slated for development. Members of BVC are opposing this, and aim to keep the land in its natural state.

For more information on the organization, visit savethevalley.org.

Slam Dunk Coming to the Beach
Cape Henlopen High hosts national basketball tournament

Slam Dunk to the Beach, a national high school basketball showcase featuring top talent from around the country, returns to Cape Henlopen High School on Dec. 27-29.

From 1990 to 2003, the original Slam Dunk attracted many players who became NBA stars, including Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, J.J. Redick and more.


The tournament was suspended in 2004, but has been revived by the not-for-profit Delaware Sports Commission, and 16 teams from around the country, including four from Delaware schools, will compete for three days at the gym in Lewes.

For more information and tickets, visit slamdunktothebeach.com.

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